HEALTH figures from Whitchurch have welcomed suggestions by the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of a “super surgery” for the town.
The CCG has suggested bringing together all three main surgeries in the town – Claypit Street, Dodington and Bridgewater – to form one surgery.
Peggy Mullock, chair of the Whitchurch Patient Support Group, and Dr Martin Sullivan, a GP, both believe it is a positive move by the CCG, which was criticised after the closure of Richmond House surgery last year.
“I am delighted the CCG is agreeing with the idea of a complete Medical Centre for our town,” said Mrs Mullock.
“After all the upset we had over the Richmond Surgery I would like to see this issue resolved much more quickley.
“The town is one of the quickest growing in the county and one of the farthest from either of the large hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford.
“Medical Centres today are able to offer a much better range of services, when all the practices’ combined finances are used.”
Dr Sullivan, who now works at Claypit Street Medical Centre but was at Richmond House before it closed, agreed. He said: “I think all the surgeries in the area are positive about combining and using our general resources together.
“I have to say it’s very positive and I’m glad it’s coming from the CCG. I know that Bridgewater and Dodington are working with their patient groups about moving in that direction.
“If there’s an opportunity to do it, I would back it. It’s also very positive that they’re learning their lessons from last time and thinking about the future.”
Before Richmond House closed, there were plans to move all three surgeries into the Community Hospital – also in Claypit Street.
Dr Julian Povey, CCG chair, said: “We are working alongside a variety of stakeholders and partners to ensure that Whitchurch patients continue to receive high quality GP services.
“One of the options being explored includes the development of a new-build, which will house the three Whitchurch practices.